Report: Dolphins have narrowed in on their quarterback with No. 5 pick?

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The Miami Dolphins have been planning for more than a year to come out of the 2020 NFL Draft with their quarterback of the future. After spending the 2019 season rebuilding and with the NFL Draft only a few days away, the Dolphins reportedly know who they want with the No. 5 pick.

According to Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller, there is a growing belief within the NFL that former Oregon Ducks star Justin Herbert is the Dolphins’ top target.

The Dolphins have been evaluating Herbert for nearly two years. Many around the league expected him to declare for the 2019 NFL Draft, leading to teams developing full evaluations on the quarterback. However, he returned to Oregon for his senior season and further solidified his stock as an expected top-10 pick.

From a pure talent perspective, NFL teams likely prefer Alabama product Tua Tagovailoa over Herbert. However, Tagovailoa’s alarming durability issues and concerns over his hip have now changed the view of many evaluators.

While many joked this season that the Dolphins were tanking for Tagovailoa, the front office feels differently now. The Dolphins are reportedly higher on Herbert and came away even more impressed by him following a strong Senior Bowl performance.

Of course, the possibility exists for a team like the Los Angeles Chargers to jump ahead of the Dolphins. If Los Angeles views Herbert as the top quarterback available, it wouldn’t be a surprise if they moved up from the No. 6 overall selection to land their target.

If that happens and the Dolphins decide they don’t want to gamble on Tagovailoa’s medical risk, a player once considered to be a top-three lock will tumble down the draft board.